Credit Agricole Declines Funding for Exxon, Eni, and TotalEnergies’ LNG Projects

(Reuters) — Credit Agricole said on Monday that it would not provide financing to two major liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, citing commitments to refrain from new fossil fuel developments.

The French bank said it will not fund Exxon Mobil's and Eni's Rovuma project in Mozambique, nor the Papua LNG project, which is backed by TotalEnergies, Santos and Exxon Mobil.

Credit Agricole was the original financial adviser for the Papua LNG and Rovuma LNG projects.

Exxon Mobil and TotalEnergies were not immediately available for comment.

"The decision to not finance the project is a serious blow to the project and TotalEnergies, and it could undermine their ability to finance the project," Lucie Pinson of Reclaim Finance said of the Papua LNG export facility.

If another bank wants to step in and take over the role they will need to start from the beginning, Pinson added.

"Credit Agricole must now show consistency, and stop supporting the Mozambique LNG project that TotalEnergies is currently seeking to relaunch," said Lorette Philippot, Private Finance campaigner at Friends of the Earth France.

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